The birds of northern Sydney, Australia

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A PHOTO ESSAY


HAN VAN DEN HEUVEL is an avid naturalist and photographer, and here he shares with us his love of the local native birds.


Ever since my retirement in 2016, I have been able to spend more time in nature doing what I enjoy – taking photos of birds and bees. I am very lucky to live in a house that borders on Allenby Park Reserve in the northern beaches district of Sydney. The variety of birds visiting our backyard is enormous. I sit on the back veranda with my camera and wait for the birds to come by. Believe me, it is not as easy as it looks to get a good picture!

Planting natives like grevilleas in our backyard attracts birds like the Rainbow Lorikeet and the Red Wattlebird. Even at night I get visits from the nocturnal Tawny Frogmouth.

Allenby Park is home to a flock of about 30 Sulphur-crested Cockatoos. They fly graciously through the park and make a lot of noise. Walking through the reserve, I come across the Eastern Yellow Robin, the Eastern Spinebill, and the Variegated Fairy-wren. I have also taken photos in the Pilliga Nature Reserve about 300 kilometers north of Sydney, and at Dee Why beach not far from our home.


Eastern Yellow Robin

Eastern Yellow Robin

Eastern Spinebil

Eastern Spinebill

Sulphur-crested-cookatoo

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Laughing Kookaburra

Laughing Kookaburra

Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet

Australian Magpie

Australian Magpie

Baby Butcher Bird

Baby Butcher Bird

Wattlebird

Wattlebird

Royal Spoonbill

Royal Spoonbill

Laughing Kookaburra closeup

Laughing Kookaburra close-up

Seagull

Seagull

Variegated Fairy-wren

Variegated Fairywren


A Photo Essay by HAN VAN DEN HEUVEL


 

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